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Volvo Ocean Race: Big spread in fleet as Abu Dhabi leads *Feature By Richard Gladwell,, , 7:50 PM Tue 25 Nov 2014 GMT
Abu Dhabi (Ian Walker) continues to lead the Volvo Ocean Race. She is the most westerly of the fleet as they approach the coast of Madagascar. In a video, Abu Dhabi skipper Ian Walker explains the weather hazards of the second leg of the Volvo Ocean Race. ...

Volvo Ocean Race: Welcome to Brian's Gime *Feature By Brian Carlin, Team Vestas Wind, At sea , 9:59 AM Tue 25 Nov 2014 GMT
The irrepressible Brian Carlin, the On Board Reporter for Team Vestas Wind is on fitness program on board, under the watchful eye of race veteran Tony Rae. Today as my personal trainer, friend and fellow shipmate we accomplished a goal, 70 press-ups. I’m sure to some it maybe easy but I ask anyone of you right now sitting at your desk, hit the floor and give me 70 on the spot. ...

Volvo Ocean Racing: Abu Dhabi Leg 2 Review and what will win the Race *Feature By Matt Knighton, OBR, Abu Dhabi OR, , 7:50 AM Tue 25 Nov 2014 GMT
Two of the crew from Overall race leader, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing look at leg 2 and the race overall. Here are the latest blogs (unedited) from On Board Reporter Matt Knighton, along with an onboard video with Simon Fisher (navigator) musing on what is required to win the race, and skipper Ian Walker on how Leg 2 has panned out for them so far. ...

Gladwell's Line: The America's Cup is now Bermuda's Cup? *Feature By Richard Gladwell/, , 8:15 PM Sun 23 Nov 2014 GMT
The America's Cup roared into life on Friday with the publication of a story out of San Diego, saying that the Californian venue had missed getting the nod as the venue for the next America's Cup. And that being the case, then the British Overseas Territory of Bermuda seems to have got the nod. ...

Volvo Ocean Race: On board with Abu Dhabi - torn sail and where to go? *Feature By Matt Knighton, OBR, Abu Dhabi OR, , 8:24 AM Sun 23 Nov 2014 GMT
Overall race leader, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing (Ian Walker) has had an eventful few days since the start in Cape Town on Wednesday. Their goal is to be first home in their home port of Abu Dhabi - six other boats willing. ...

Volvo Ocean Race: Fleet heads into the Southern Ocean + Videos *Feature By Richard Gladwell,, , 12:07 PM Sat 22 Nov 2014 GMT
At the latest report, Volvo Ocean Race Control, reported Dongfeng Race Team as being the leader in the second leg to Abu Dhabi. Winds were reported to be 18-25kts, with Team Vestas Wind and Team SCA recording the highest boatspeed of 20kts. ...

America's Cup: Source named in Bermuda venue leak *Feature By Richard Gladwell,, , 9:32 AM Sat 22 Nov 2014 GMT
San Diego sports journalist, Matt Calkins, has named one of the sources of comment that the 35th America's Cup will be held in the British Oversea Territory of Bermuda. Writing in the San Diego Union Tribune, Calkins claimed that San Diego Tourism Authority CEO, Joe Terzi, had told the U-T. ...

Yates Cup: US supermaxi Rio100 wins first offshore race + Video *Feature By Richard Gladwell/, , 9:01 PM Fri 21 Nov 2014 GMT
The supermaxi Bakewell-White design, Rio100 (Manouch Moshayedi, USA) has won her first race, sailing in the Yates Cup. She finished at 7.30am on Saturday morning, followed by the Botin 80 Beau Geste 14 minutes later with the Volvo 70 Giacomo 67minutes later. See video in this story. ...

Spectacular performance by Bakewell-White maxi early in first race *Feature By Richard Gladwell/, , 3:02 AM Fri 21 Nov 2014 GMT
The revamped Bakewell-White supermaxi, Rio 100 (Manouch Moshayedi) turned in an impressive performance in the opening stages of the Yates Cup. Sailing against a variety of benchmarks which included a a Volvo 70, a Botin 80 and an ORMA 60, Rio 100 came from behind to enjoy an impressive lead over the monohulls after 90 minutes of sailing. ...

America's Cup: Team New Zealand responds to Venue rumours *Feature By Richard Gladwell/, , 1:42 AM Fri 21 Nov 2014 GMT
Emirates Team New Zealand has responded to reports published in Bermuda and mainland USA, that Bermuda has been selected as venue for the 35th America's Cup. In a media release sent mid-afternoon, New Zealand time, Emirates Team NZ CEO Grant Dalton said in response to unconfirmed reports that Bermuda had won the right to host the 35th America’s Cup, that the team had not been told of a decision ...

Volvo Ocean Race: Meek's tips pay dividend in Leg 2 squalls and calms *Feature By Bob Fisher, Cape Town, South Africa , 8:06 AM Thu 20 Nov 2014 GMT
The seven competing boats in the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-2015 roughly gathered at 6pm local time (1600 Zulu) in a south-easterly wind that peaked at 30-40 knots, which had the local habit of dying away to nothing in places along the shoreline in the lee of Table Mountain. The clever skippers has sought advice from Geoff Meek, a local with a mass of experience ...

18ft Skiffs: Smeg's second Red-Line run down Sydney harbour in 40kts *Feature By Michael Chittenden, Sydney harbour , 11:49 PM Tue 18 Nov 2014 GMT
In a sport which generally lacks characters, the 18ft skiffs have an over-supply. David Witt is one of those, underlined by taking his boat and crew out last Sunday daring the rest of the Sydney fleet to race in a breeze of 30-40kts, on an otherwise ideal day on Sydney Harbour. ...

Volvo Ocean Race: Leg 2 Media Conference - Full replay *Feature By Volvo Ocean Race, , 9:55 PM Tue 18 Nov 2014 GMT
The Volvo Ocean Race restarts from Cape Town on Wednesday local time. Here is the full replay of the Media Conference with all seven skippers on stage, talking of the prospect of a tropical cyclone, the nuances of this Leg - which won't see the boats hopping on a ship to avoid pirates, and the other challenges facing the crews and their teams. ...

18fters: Getting through the 'Death Zone' in a 35kt breeze *Feature By Michael Chittenden, , 7:17 PM Tue 18 Nov 2014 GMT
Photographer Michael Chittenden was on hand to capture the remarkable ride of David Witt and friends after racing was cancelled on Sydney harbour on Sunday when winds gusted 35-40kts. Witt did two runs down Sydney Harbour. See the crew go from make the transition from upwind to downwind and survive the tremendous acceleration of an 18ft skiff in these conditions. ...

Volvo Ocean Race: Sam Davies speaks openly about the first leg *Feature By Bob Fisher, Cape Town, South Africa , 6:30 PM Tue 18 Nov 2014 GMT
A quiet chat with Sam Davies after the Skipper’s Press Conference allowed me to understand the first leg of the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-2015 better. Sam had had time to reflect on the highs and lows for Team SCA and which ones were the most important. ...

America's Cup: Significant changes made to Protocol, but issues remain *Feature By Richard Gladwell,, , 11:57 AM Tue 18 Nov 2014 GMT
Significant changes have been made to the Protocol to the America’s Cup. The effect of the moves is to straighten out some of the issues surrounding the proposed conduct of the 35th America’s Cup. Other issues still remain unresolved. ...

Adventures of a Sailor Girl: News and interviews from Nov 16 show *Feature By Sail-World, , 8:09 AM Mon 17 Nov 2014 GMT
If you missed this week's edition of Adventures of a Sailor Girl, then hear the replay below. This week's show is the 30th - a nice milestone. This week's show features interviews with Silas Nolan - Ichi Ban; Rob Brown - sailing legend; and Luke Parkinson - bowman aboard Abu Dhabi. The show wraps up with clips from the Sailor Girl's own adventures including some 18 foot skiff action ...

Volvo Ocean Race: In Port races do count *Feature By Bob Fisher, Cape Town, South Africa , 12:51 AM Sun 16 Nov 2014 GMT
One might be forgiven for believing that the inshore races in the Volvo Ocean Race count for little but that is far from true, as was displayed by the seven boats that raced off Cape Town today, yet there were to distinct approaches to this three-times round a windward/ leeward course. Firstly the skippers had to decide how much of a windward part I came first or whether indeed it was ...

Volvo Ocean Race: Cape Town In Port Race video and Media Conference *Feature By Richard Gladwell, , 7:48 AM Sat 15 Nov 2014 GMT
Catch the action in the second In Port Race on the replay here . The crew lists are out with the top crews on Leg 1 making little or no change, and others at the back of the Leg 1 finishing list making two or three crew changes. Two boats will sail with only seven racing crew in what is expected to be a very testing race. See yesterday's Media Conference highlights in this story ...

Moth Worlds 2015: Sliced bread, sheep stations, awe and reverence *Feature By John Curnow, , 10:54 PM Fri 14 Nov 2014 GMT
The 2015 McDougall and McConaghy Moth World Championship will showcase the most amazing array of sailing talent on the planet. They are Olympic heroes for their countries and/or America’s Cup legends too, all whilst still being in their twenties or thirties! Their choice of weapon for this mucho-kudos-pulling title is the 26kg Foiling Moth, which is sailing’s developMENTAL class. ...

Volvo Ocean race: Images from the Practice racing in Cape Town *Feature By Richard Gladwell,, , 9:45 PM Fri 14 Nov 2014 GMT
A fresh breeze prevailed for the Practice Racing in Cape Town. Originally a Pro-Am race was scheduled to be held prior, but the conditions meant that was not possible. Not to be deterred the crews went out later in the day for a blast around the bay. Here's the best of the action. ...

Volvo Ocean Race: Big breeze for Practice Racing in Cape Town *Feature By Bob Fisher, Cape Town , 9:14 PM Fri 14 Nov 2014 GMT
Today, there were 26 knots of wind from the north-west, enough to call a halt to the Pro-Am racing, but just the right amount for the seven teams to pit their wits in a 6.4 nautical mile treble triangle practice race. ...

Pantaenius Insurance - 'Know boats, me.' *Feature By John Curnow, , 1:14 AM Fri 14 Nov 2014 GMT
It’s one of those wonderful sayings you hear around the quay or bar a lot. It’s mostly spoken when someone makes an obvious and usually very public mistake. It is one of those classic, laconic and ironic statements. It is as Australian as calling people by their Surname, especially if it is shortened, or even lengthened, by adding a ‘y’, ‘o’ or ‘ie’ to the end of it. ...

Volvo Ocean Race: Vive la Difference! *Feature By Bob Fisher, Cape Town, South Africa , 10:13 PM Wed 12 Nov 2014 GMT
The Volvo Ocean Race Fleet winner arrived here just seven days ago and the other six boat finished within 48 hours. That, in itself, was remarkable, but what has happened in the meantime is quite staggering. ...

Volvo Ocean Race: Three times Volvo veteran signs on with Mapfre *Feature By Richard Gladwell/, , 9:05 PM Wed 12 Nov 2014 GMT
British offshore veteran Rob Greenhalgh has been announced as the on board replacement for Michel Desjoyeaux aboard Mapfre for the second leg of the Volvo Ocean Race which gets underway on November 19 from cape Town, South Africa. Mapfre finished last in the seven boat on Leg 1, which was won by skipper Iker Martinez, in the previous edition of the race. ...

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